Scots tidal pulls plug on EMEC
Sustainable Marine Energy cancels tender for Plat-O installation
Scottish tidal developer Sustainable Marine Energy has confirmed the cancellation of a tender to install its 100kW PLAT-O device at Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre.
The semi-submersible platform was due to be installed at berth seven of EMEC’s Fall of Warness grid-connected off Orkney.
The tender initially sought a marine contractor to install the subsea cable connection system and moorings, plus the ultimate removal, of the device featuring Schottel Hydro turbines.
Summer deployment of PLAT-O has been put on ice to prioritise the autumn testing of its next-generation PLAT-I floating platform off Oban’s Connel Sound.
The 105-tonne PLAT-I steel trimaran will feature four Schottel Hydro SIT 250 tidal turbines each rated at 62kW.
SME has applied to Marine Scotland to deploy the 248kW device for up to eight weeks of non-grid connected sea acceptance tests during September and October.
Crown Estate Scotland has granted SME an option agreement to carry out an assessment of the site and consenting activities.
Image: PLAT-O tidal device (SME)